Two Bangladeshi teenagers died taking selfies in raging floodwaters

Vastavam web: Two Bangladeshi teenagers have died taking selfies in raging floodwaters, officials said today, as the death toll from fresh monsoon downpours reached 56 with nearly five million affected.Police said the 15-year-old boys were snapping selfies at a flooded road in the northern town of Melandah yesterday when they were swept away by powerful currents.”Unfortunately huge currents washed both of them into a roadside flood-plain. Several villagers tried to save them, but one of them was also washed away by floodwaters.” Local police chief Mazharul Karim told AFP their bodies were recovered by divers after a day-long search.

“The flood situation in the country’s central region could worsen in the next few days,” said Sazzad Hossain, head of the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre.Renewed flooding has killed 56 people since Saturday, with 4.5 million directly affected, Bangladesh’s disaster management department said.Bangladesh’s health department said coupled with those killed in separate flooding in July, at least 107 people had perished amid monsoon downpours.The floods have destroyed nearly 200,000 houses and wiped out crops on nearly 580,000 hectares of land, officials said.